How To Buy The Right Flooring For Your Hawthorne Condo
Are you making the move into condo living and are ready to make your nest? Or, are you already living in a condominium and need to make some flooring changes? In any case, the same considerations apply for either scenario.
The Concrete Subfloor Challenge
Hawthorne Condo dwellings are usually constructed using commercial building methods. To prevent fires from spreading from unit to unit, builders use concrete and gypcrete for subflooring. So, if you lift up a little of that carpet and take a look you will in all likelihood see something that looks like concrete.
Now, Look At Your Priorities For The Floor Covering You Select
Does your new floor need to be warm?
If so, you would probably want to stay away from most ceramic tile flooring, slate flooring and glue-down vinyl flooring.
Does your new floor need to be environmentally friendly and non-outgassing?
If so, you would likely want to avoid purchasing most laminate floor (especially from big name flooring liquidators or Hawthorne big box stores), some cheap cork flooring, VCT, vinyl tile (luxury or non luxury), or some cheap liquidator brand bamboo floor.
Does your flooring need to be quiet?
If so, you should steer clear of slate flooring, wood flooring and some engineered hardwood flooring.
Does your floor covering need to be easy to install?
If so, you will probably not want to attempt ceramic tile installation. In that same category is travertine tile and granite tile. All of these require use of a wet saw and some skill at layout. Also the gypcrete subfloor may not be level, so that will present another host of challenges. Linoleum floor covering installation can also be challenging, as you need to have a perfectly pristine subfloor. Any minor piece of gypcrete or debris will show through the floor. You should also avoid taking on a glue-down engineered wood floor or bamboo floor application. While it is relatively simple to put tongue and groove together and nail it down—the subfloor must be very level and stable (gypcrete tends to crumble), and since it is glued down—it is very challenging to go back and fix mistakes during installation.
Does your flooring need to fit a stylish, modern, or higher-end look?
It doesn’t take an interior designer to point out that vinyl floor or cheap carpet squares do not present well aesthetically. It is common for builders churning out hundreds of condo units to put vinyl tile or carpet or cheap ceramic tile into the units to keep the costs down. So, what ends up happening, is someone is purchasing a condo for several hundred thousand dollars, and they have the interior finishes you would find in a manufactured place.
Now That We Have Gone Through What NOT To Choose For Your Hawthorne Condo, Let’s Run Through Some More Appropriate And Ecofriendly Flooring Alternatives.
If that were not enough, it is also very affordable flooring. Eco-Friendly Flooring supplied a thick, squishy bulletin board-type underlayment. So, if you need to present your remodel ideas and materials to the board of directors, your case will easily be made pro-cork once they see the list of attributes associated with cork. Eco-Friendly Flooring can supply you with a checklist and data sheet for the cork flooring so that you can present the sample and this information to your board. Condominium owners love the extra layer of cork underlayment which is supplied at no extra charge with the cork order.
Cork is a click-lock flooring, so for those Hawthorne condominium owners who choose to do the cork floor covering installation themselves, it’s really quite simple. There is no glue involved in the installation, so it is easy to make corrections if needed. Cork flooring installation is simple, you roll out the moisture barrier, you lay down the cork underlayment over top of that, next you start clicking planks together in rows over that. Even as simple as cork floor covering installation is, some condo owners may opt to hire a floor installation professional. Any hardwood floor installation contractor can take on a cork flooring installation. The tools required and the skill level necessary are the same.
For those Hawthorne condominium owners who want to have more of a wood look in their home, they may take a good look at Eco-Friendly Flooring’s Natural Fibre Strand Woven Click Lock flooring. Our bamboo floor covering is designed for people who have chemical sensitivities, so condominium owners can certainly benefit from a non-outgassing floor.
Eco-Friendly Flooring’s natural fibre strand woven click lock flooring is easy to install. Similar to cork flooring, the click lock bamboo flooring has a tongue and groove which click together and bond without the use of glue. Our Natural Fibre Strand woven click lock bamboo also has wax on the tongue and groove to create a wax-on-wax bond when the bamboo flooring installation happens. Eco-Friendly Flooring also supplies at no charge, cork underlayment on a roll with the product. So, Hawthorne condominium owners can also make a good case for sound insulation if they need to present their flooring products to the condo association.
The flooring answer is simple
If you want to move out or away from an environment with toxic flooring, you should select a product which does not off-gas toxic chemicals. So, you stay away from most carpet, vinyl tile, laminate flooring, and other cheap liquidator level flooring.
You look to environmentally friendly floor covering products like Eco-Friendly Flooring’s cork floating floor planks or Natural Fibre Strand Woven click lock planks. These products are condo-ready, condo-ready solutions available at extremely reasonable prices ($5/sf or less). For more information about Eco-Friendly Flooring’s condo-friendly flooring options or to get samples, please feel welcome to contact us toll free at 866-250-3273. We are always delighted to help.